Commando militant gang leader killed

Six gunmen, including a terrorist cell leader, have been killed in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan in a two-day operation, reports the National Counter-Terrorism Committee.

Abdulla Magomedaliev, 33, was believed responsible for several terrorist attacks against law enforcement officers in the country’s south. His gang was well-trained in commando tactics and some of his targets were senior officials.

Nicknamed Daud, Magomedaliev is thought to have helped train the suicide bomber who blew himself up at an Interior Ministry base in September 2010, and a twin suicide bombing in the village of Gubden in February 2011.

Daud’s other crimes include kidnappings fro ransom, the report says. He has been involved in terrorism activity since at least 2004, and has been on the most wanted list for a number of years.

Russia’s Anti-Terrorism Committee claims that he was assisted by Georgia’s intelligence service, but did not provide any additional detail.

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